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Old 06-27-2009, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Today, I accidentally purchased a ukulele. I went into the shop for just one pack of acoustic guitar strings. I even knew the brand and size I wanted. I'm not even exactly sure how it happened, but after less than five minutes of wandering, I left with a little tenor ukulele. Oops.

I've found a couple of good resources online, and of course I remember from elementary school, but I was wondering if anyone here has tried it before? Any tips?
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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errr..how does buying a ukelele give your dog fleas?

am i missing something here? or is it just too late here right now to think straight?
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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errr..how does buying a ukelele give your dog fleas?

am i missing something here? or is it just too late here right now to think straight?
It's the way to remember the sound of the tuning of a ukulele! It's the only thing I remember about the instrument.

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Old 06-27-2009, 03:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do you already play guitar? If so, it's tuned just like the top four strings of a guitar (D G B E).

G: 0 0 0 3
A: 2 2 2 0
D: 0 2 3 2
C: 2 0 1 0
E: 2 1 0 0

You can do barre chords and all the other stuff you'd ordinarily do on a guitar too. Just think like it's your top four strings.
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Do you already play guitar? If so, it's tuned just like the top four strings of a guitar (D G B E).

G: 0 0 0 3
A: 2 2 2 0
D: 0 2 3 2
C: 2 0 1 0
E: 2 1 0 0

You can do barre chords and all the other stuff you'd ordinarily do on a guitar too. Just think like it's your top four strings.

{edit} I'm so damn dumb. Thank you.
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I love the ukulele! They're so fun to just play around with.

Ratbastid pretty much handled any advice I could give.

Enjoy it!
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've played around with ukes and considered buying one from time to time, but have yet to take the plunge. I understand about accidentally buying one, though.

Ukes are one of those instruments that are similar enough to guitar that the transition is fairly easy. Have fun with it, try different things.

Alternatively, you could go buy a mandolin. It'll make the uke seem ridiculously easy.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Alternatively, you could go buy a mandolin. It'll make the uke seem ridiculously easy.
I've been planning on picking up a mandolin for a while...

I love the sound of those things.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Your head will explode.

When I started to get the hang of bass guitar, I considered a mando as my next purchase. I was cocky and full of vim from the ease at which I'd become a multi-instrumentalist, and eager to expand my repertoire.

I went to the store to try some out. They completely kicked my ass.

I still want to learn, but am suitably wary of them now.

Ukes are comparatively easy.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Yeah, I'm aware they are not something I can just pick up and already have a decent grasp on cause I play the guitar already (such was the case with the bass and ukulele). I'm willing to take it on though.

I'll learn eventually...
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Old 06-29-2009, 08:16 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Ukulele is an interesting instrument but I don't get the fleas.....................???????? Sorry I just remembered you are referring to reading music. .....................Been many, many years ago.
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:04 PM   #13 (permalink)
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The ukulele has been going well! I can now play a couple of songs, and have discovered that tenor uke is not tuned like a guitar at all. It's really cute, and I like playing it for my brother while he plays the nazi-zombie mod on Call of Duty.
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